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Bernanke to Speak at BC Law Graduation

Bernanke_ben One thing for sure about this year's commencement speaker at Boston College Law School: He is sure to be far less controversial than last year's. The BC Law school blog Eagleionline is reporting that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has accepted the school's invitation to speak at its commencement May 22. The usually reticent Bernanke has been making himself more public lately, most notably in an extensive "60 Minutes" interview last month.

The BC campus was divided last year over the selection of former Attorney General Michael Mukasey as commencement speaker after he refused to condemn waterboarding as torture. At one point, 22 members of the law school faculty showed their disdain for the choice by sending Mukasey a letter purporting to retract the invitation. Mukasey appeared at the commencement anyway and used the occasion to defend former government lawyers such as John Yoo for their roles in drafting the terror memoranda.

It is unlikely Bernanke will find any such reception. Sworn in as chairman of the Fed on Feb. 1, 2006, he is at the epicenter of efforts to revive the nation's ailing economy. Much of his own career has been in academia, most recently as chair of the economics department at Princeton and earlier as a professor at Stanford University.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on April 10, 2009 at 09:32 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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